Oldest Private Schools in California

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  • The average private school in California was founded around 1973 (2018-19).
  • The oldest private schools are listed below (where sufficient data available).
  • The oldest private school in California is San Domenico School, founded in 1850.

Oldest Private Schools in California (2018-19)

  • School Founding Date Grades Location
  • 1. Founding Date: 1850
    Grades: K-121500 Butterfield Road
    San Anselmo, CA 94960
    (415)258-1900

  • 2.-3.
    Bellarmine College Prep School
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1851
    Grades: 9-12960 W Hedding St
    San Jose, CA 95126
    (408)294-9224

  • 2.-3.
    Notre Dame High School
    Notre Dame High School Photo - Experience innovative learning in the heart of downtown San Jose. Our students benefit from hands-on learning opportunities and local partnerships that develop life skills.
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1851
    Grades: 9-12596 S 2nd St
    San Jose, CA 95112
    (408)294-1113

  • 4.
    Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
    Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory Photo - The Theatre Program welcomes students on- and offstage to build their talents and foster interests. Our program is known for its quality productions, both the play in the fall and the musical in the spring. Through productions, enrichment workshops, private coaching and much more, our program allows students to explore their talents in a supportive and nurturing environment.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1852
    Grades: 9-121055 Ellis St
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    (415)775-6626

  • 5.
    St Ignatius College Preparatory
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1855
    Grades: 9-122001 37th Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94116
    (415)731-7500

  • 6.-7.
    Mission Dolores Academy
    Mission Dolores Academy Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1856
    Grades: K-83371 16th St
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    (415)346-9500

  • 6.-7.
    St Clare School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1856
    Grades: NS-8725 Washington St
    Santa Clara, CA 95050
    (408)246-6797

  • 8.
    Mount St Marys Academy
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1859
    Grades: K-8400 S Church Street
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
    (530)273-4694

  • 9.
    Holy Names High School
    Holy Names High School Photo
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1861
    Grades: 9-124660 Harbord Drive
    Oakland, CA 94618
    (510)450-1110

  • 10.
    Holy Cross School
    Holy Cross School Photo - Holy Cross Music Makers
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1862
    Grades: PK-8150 Emmet
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (831)423-4447

  • 11.-12.
    The Hamlin School
    The Hamlin School Photo
    Founding Date: 1863
    Grades: K-82120 Broadway Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    (415)922-0300

  • 11.-12.
    St Mary's College High School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1863
    Grades: 9-121294 Albina Ave
    Albany, CA 94706
    (510)526-9242

  • 13.
    Loyola High School
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1865
    Grades: 9-121901 Venice Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90006
    (213)381-5121

  • 14.-16.
    Christian Brothers High School
    Christian Brothers High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1876
    Grades: 9-124315 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
    Sacramento, CA 95820
    (916)733-3600

  • 14.-16. Founding Date: 1876
    Grades: 9-12682 Palm Street
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (805)543-2131

  • 14.-16.
    Old Mission School
    Old Mission School Photo - Welcome to the Old Mission School Middle School Annex
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1876
    Grades: PK-8761 Broad Street
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (805)543-6019

  • 17.
    Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School
    Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1881
    Grades: 9-121011 Chestnut Street
    Alameda, CA 94501
    (510)523-1526

  • 18.
    Academy Of Our Lady Of Peace
    Academy Of Our Lady Of Peace Photo - The OLP curriculum includes access to more than 50 courses in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) disciplines and more than 30 Advanced Placement and Honors courses.
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1882
    Grades: 9-124860 Oregon Street
    San Diego, CA 92116
    (619)297-2266

  • 19.-20.
    Immaculate Conception Academy
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1883
    Grades: 9-123625 24th St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415)824-2052

  • 19.-20.
    St. John's Lutheran School
    St. John's Lutheran School Photo
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1883
    Grades: PK-8154 S Shaffer St
    Orange, CA 92866
    (714)288-4400

  • 21.
    Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School
    Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School Photo - Kindergarten class at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Redwood City.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1885
    Grades: PK-8301 Grand St
    Redwood City, CA 94062
    (650)366-6127

  • 22.
    Holy Rosary School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1886
    Grades: K-8505 California Street
    Woodland, CA 95695
    (530)662-3494

  • 23.
    Head Royce School
    Founding Date: 1887
    Grades: K-124315 Lincoln Ave
    Oakland, CA 94602
    (510)531-1300

  • 24.-25.
    St. Brigid School
    St. Brigid School Photo - Halloween is one of many school events involving the whole family.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1888
    Grades: PK-82250 Franklin St
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    (415)673-4523

  • 24.-25.
    St. Vincent Elementary School
    St. Vincent Elementary School Photo - Art Class
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1888
    Grades: K-8100 Howard Street
    Petaluma, CA 94952
    (707)762-6426

  • 26.-31.
    Marlborough School
    All-girls
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: 7-12250 S Rossmore Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90004
    (323)935-1147

  • 26.-31.
    Ramona Convent Secondary School
    Ramona Convent Secondary School Photo - Our 19+ acre campus is more like a college than a high school. Expansive facilities support a broad and engaging curriculum.
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: 9-121701 W Ramona Road
    Alhambra, CA 91803
    (626)282-4151

  • 26.-31.
    St Catherine's Academy
    St Catherine's Academy Photo - St. Catherine's strives to nurture in each student an awareness of God and a sense of moral responsibility. We welcome boys of all faith traditions and respect the religious beliefs of all members of our school community.
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: K-8215 N Harbor Blvd
    Anaheim, CA 92805
    (714)772-1363

  • 26.-31.
    St Mary's Academy
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: 9-12701 Grace Avenue
    Inglewood, CA 90301
    (310)674-8470

  • 26.-31.
    St Raphael School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: PK-81100 5th Ave
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415)454-4455

  • 26.-31.
    The Thacher School
    The Thacher School Photo - "Come west. Breathe deep. Let these books and these hills and these horses be your teachers." -Sherman Day Thacher
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: 9-125025 Thacher Road
    Ojai, CA 93023
    (805)640-3210

  • 32.
    Our Lady Of Lourdes School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1891
    Grades: PK-8741 Ware Avenue
    Colusa, CA 95932
    (530)458-8208

  • 33.-35.
    The Harker Preschool
    The Harker Preschool Photo
    Daycare / Preschool
    Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: NS-94525 Union Avenue
    San Jose, CA 95124
    (408)553-5700

  • 33.-35. Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: 6-83800 Blackford Avenue
    San Jose, CA 95117
    (408)248-2510

  • 33.-35. Founding Date: 1893
    Grades: PK-12500 Saratoga Ave
    San Jose, CA 95129
    (408)249-2510

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